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Philanthropy Lead

Plan International Australia

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join Plan International Australia as our Philanthropy Lead. The Philanthropy Lead is responsible for growing our Major Donor and Trusts and Foundations Program’s. You will be charged with leading and inspiring a small team responsible for delivering on an ambitious plan to grow giving across this portfolio. Working with the Associate Director of Giving and in close collaboration with the Executive Leadership Team, this role will develop and execute the Philanthropy Strategy and support the team to deliver on the operational plan in acquiring, retaining, upgrading, and reactivating the Philanthropy cohort. This is a 12 to 13 month parental leave position.

We’re looking for a creative and ambitious leader who has a strong understanding of both driving strategy and leading teams.

So come and be part of a team that is rapidly growing its impact for girls around the world. Philanthropy at Plan has grown rapidly in recent years and is on track another big year of growth. You will be working to build support for global gender equality - a cause with strong philanthropic interest and a powerful case for support - supported by a strong team and backed by leadership committed to supporting the program to thrive.

Who are we?

Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian organisation that advances children’s rights and equality for girls.
We believe in the power and potential of every child. But this is often suppressed by poverty, violence, exclusion and discrimination. And it’s girls who are most affected.

Working together with children, young people, our supporters and partners, we strive for a just world, tackling the root causes of the challenges facing girls and all vulnerable children.

We support children’s rights from birth until they reach adulthood. And we enable children to prepare for – and respond to – crises and adversity. We drive changes in practice and policy at local, national and global levels using our reach, experience and knowledge.

We have been building powerful partnerships for children for over 85 years, and are now active in more than 80 countries.

What it’s really like

An average day in the PIA, the Giving team is quite varied – no day will be quite the same, but throughout your time, we will see you performing these duties:

  • Lead a small team supporting them in achieving ambitious goals
  • Advise on new opportunities to grow the portfolio through acquisition and within our existing supporter base
  • Work with the team to develop retention and upgrade plans and a best-in-class stewardship program
  • Ensure the best offerings of support are developed with our Philanthropic donors that fits with both the donors requirements and Plan’s financial needs
  • Identify opportunities within the current portfolio for innovation and product development
  • Work with the Philanthropy team and the Data and Insights team to ensure the new CRM is being utilized for optimal success in the Philanthropic space
  • Deliver agreed reporting on the Philanthropy Program, including monthly reporting updates, reports to Board and sub-committees, budgeting updates, etc
  • Develop the annual budget and work plan

Our office is in Southbank and we operate a hybrid working model. We would consider people from other locations for this role.
We work hard, but we are always flexible and supportive, offering inclusive leave. We have weekly team meetings, and regular organisation-wide catch ups.

From salary packaging to an Employee Assistance Program to support your wellbeing, we are a people-first workplace. Plus, you will be joining a team that recently won FIA’s Fundraising Team of the Year.

Who are you?

We are looking for someone who holds relevant and diverse experience in Philanthropic giving, ideally from Major Donors and Trusts and Foundations. You will also have a strong understanding and track record of how to steward and grow a pipeline of philanthropic donors.

The core skills we are looking for are:

  • Experience with managing a Philanthropy team
  • Demonstrated experience raising money from Major Donors, PAFs and Trusts and Foundations
  • Ability to develop strategies for growth across the portfolio
  • Exceptional Relationship Management Skills including, portfolio management, proposal development, progress reports and face to face solicitation.
  • Experience in organisation of major donor-appropriate engagement activities, including events, public speaking and/or delivering presentations and representing an organisation at a senior level
  • Strong understanding of broad fundraising principles
  • High level of computer literacy

Hours, pay and start date

This is a full time fixed term parental leave position that falls under Level 5 of the SCHCADS Award.

What’s Next?

Read the full Position Description attached and see whether you think the role is right for you. If you’re interested, upload your cover letter and resume. Include in your cover letter how your skills align with the criteria as set out in the PD.

Once we’ve got these, if you advance to the next stage, you will be contacted and invited to an interview, either online or face-to-face at the office.

If you have any questions about the role please contact Moira Clarkson, Associate Director Giving on [email protected] using the subject line: Philanthropy Lead enquiry via EthicalJobs.

Please note: When you apply, please feel safe to tell us the pronouns you use if you’re comfortable doing so, as well as any adjustments you may need throughout your interview and employment.

Our commitment

We make hiring decisions based on your skills, passion and experience – this experience extends outside the workplace, and includes lived experience. Even if you don’t wholly fit the criteria, we still want to hear from you! At PIA we believe in looking for perspectives and abilities that new team members can bring and add to our culture.

We are dedicated to working with people from all sectors of the community. We strongly encourage applications from the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community.

Plan International believes that in a world where children face so many threats of harm, it is our duty to ensure that we, as a child-safe organisation, do everything we can to keep children safe. As part of the screening process, candidates will be required to complete a satisfactory National police Check, sign our Safeguarding Children and Young People policy and code of conduct, and where necessary complete a Working with Children Check.

Join Plan International Australia and help create justice for children and equality for girls.

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